When it comes to shining a light on his hometown (literally, in this case), Drake’s love for Toronto is anything but subtle. After accepting his fourth Grammy award, this time for “God’s Plan” in the category of Best Rap Song, Drake directly addressed Toronto Mayor John Tory in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“I want to say the mayor of Toronto needs to turn the CN Tower gold tomorrow – in chrome and gold tomorrow. Are you stupid are you dumb?” Drake says as he passes by Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier.
Well, Drake’s wish is Tory’s command. Reports indicate that Mayor Tory will indeed honour Drake’s request, despite Drake’s seemingly facetious jabs at the Mayor’s intelligence. The comment has caused Torontonians to scratch their heads in deciphering the message to Toronto’s Mayor, with some criticizing Drake for “dissing” Tory, the very man who presented him with the key to the city back in 2016.
Regardless of what exactly Drake was attempting to communicate to the Mayor, it seemed to have worked. The CN Tower is expected to announce that the 1,815 ft skyscraper will be lit in gold Monday night.
The Insta-worthy golden moment doesn’t stop there. The Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square’s skating rink will also be lit in solid gold, paying tribute to Drake’s Grammy win last night.
However, rap-enthusiasts insist that Drake’s teasing rap-smack was merely a friendly shoutout, since the quote “are you stupid, are you dumb” is from the hit rap
"Clout" by Ty Dolla Sign and 21 Savage that was released in 2017.
During his acceptance speech, Drake said if you fall into the Best Rap Song category, “you’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you are a hero in your hometown."
"If there is people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here, I promise you, you already won.”